The central Depot of the Dairy Farm was designed in two parts: the ground floor was used for retail, and the upper floor was used as a staff dormitory. The room called 1913 was the Taipan’s office and residence. Why is it called 1913? Hong Kong wasn’t really cold, but there was a fireplace in the room, and the chimney was connected to the rooftop, where the date “1913” was carved on the wall. That’s why it is called 1913.
Some people described the Depot as a ship: the corner at the front is as pointy as the bow of a ship. So 1913 is like the bridge of a ship – the manager sat in front of the fireplace, thinking about how to make the Dairy Farm sail smoothly so it could handle all the winds and the waves.
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A Central without People - Photo Exhibition by John Choy
John started this project in 2011, and says he’s been doing it “just for fun”. He comments: “Maybe these images are ‘reflections of my life’ that are taking me back to my long-ago home. Or maybe it’s a question about whether this city is indeed an emptyscape.
Freelance photographer John Choy was born and raised in Hong Kong, and is passionate about documenting the unseen landscapes amid the hustle and bustle of the city. He has done a solo photography exhibition, has participated in several group exhibitions, and has published two photo books, “Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate” and “Hong Kong Photographers: John Choy”.
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